President Donald Trump spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention Monday, January 8, and made a specific mention to FFA and 4-H. The convention was held in Nashville, Tenn.
Here’s a partial transcript of President Trump’s remarks about FFA and agricultural education taken from his longer address:
Every American child deserves to grow up in a safe community and to live a life full of dignity, purpose and hope. That is the future we all seek and we will fiercely defend for all Americans.
We see the promise of tomorrow in the incredible young farmers who have joined us today — students who are achieving incredible things through amazing organizations like FFA and 4-H. (Applause.) Great people. Great people. Thank you. Great people. It’s the future of our country. That’s the future of our country. Great young people. Their devotion to our nation inspires us all. Really does.
But to ensure that our young people reach their potential, and our nation fulfills its destiny, we must remember and honor our history. We have to remember our history. Mostly good, some not so good, but you learn from it. We have to remember our history.
FFA was well represented at the annual Farm Bureau convention with National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl leading a delegation of national staff members at the event. FFA members from multiple states also traveled to the convention.
“75% of former @NationalFFA members have worked or are currently working in agriculture. 65% of those are in management positions. 80% say they attribute much of their career success to FFA. We are the talent pipeline for the future.” – @FFACEO #AFBF18
— Riley W. Pagett (@rileywpagett) January 7, 2018